At this time of the year a lot of homeowners find themselves discouraged by how poorly their flowers and perennials are looking, or maybe their vegetable garden is not producing like they had hoped. Perhaps there was some neglect or lack of watering, or extreme weather like excess heat or drought? Well, fear not! There is still time to salvage the gardens. But you need to act fast and do it the right way.
The best way to help a struggling garden is with a 2-pronged attack: in the root zone and on the plant leaves (foliar feeding). A liquid fertilizer drench around the root zone of each plant will work much faster than any granular fertilizer. For veggies and flowers, we recommend a heavy application, 2 oz per gallon, of our 2-4-1 Liquid Fish Fertilizer, Neptune’s Harvest. Use about 1 quart of this mix per plant, or 4-6 oz total per 50 sf of garden bed. Water after applying if the soil is compacted, to make sure it gets into the soil. You could also use our 10-8-8 or 6-14-6 Bio-Enhanced Fertilizers in the same manner if you don’t like the mild fish odor. If you are fortifying greens or other vegetation, use our 5-1-1 Aqua Power.
The next step is to begin foliar fertilizing: spray the plant lightly every 7-10 days with the same products mentioned above. Mix up 1 to 1 1/2 oz per gallon in a pump sprayer, or 2 teaspoons per quart in a trigger sprayer and mist as much leaf area (both sides of the leaves) as possible. You’ll be amazed at how fast the plants respond with a deeper color and more buds and fruits.
You can read more about the best way to fertilize in our 4 Step Garden Fertilizing Program article HERE.
As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your lawn or garden, or any of our products.